The Pittsburgh Tri-State Pinkas

Published in 1948 by the the Jewish National Fund Council of Pittsburgh, this pinkas is organized as a collection of essays and profiles intended to place the local Zionist movement against the backdrop of international Zionist efforts and local Jewish communal history and activities. It covers Jewish life in Pittsburgh from its beginnings through 1944, and while most of it appears to have been written pre-statehood, the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel is included.

The first half of the pinkas concerns international Zionism and includes essays by famous Jewish figures such as Stefan Zweig and Dr. Chaim Weitzman. The second half profiles Jewish organizations and personalities in Western Pennsylvania. The latter pages are a “Golden Book” listing donations made to the cause. There are 280 pages in total.

As you can see from the images below, this pinkas was professionally printed and bound. Photographs appear throughout.

The entire pinkas is available online.

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